Growing up in Irvine meant dollar movies, giant slides and Wild Rivers. 

1. You went to $1 movies at Woodbridge Theater.

And it’s next to that cool lake. Artificial of course, because you’re in Irvine.

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2. You remember Jump Rope For Heart Day being a thing in elementary school.

Basically recess for 6 hours.

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3. You remember when half of what is Irvine today was just farmland.

Woodbury? What’s that?

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4. You were all about the Deerfield and Greentree rivalry.

If you went to Deerfield or Greentree Elementary, you had it out for the opposite school.

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5. You were exposed to a variety of cultures growing up.

Growing up, you had Asian, White, Hispanic and Middle Eastern kids in your class. And you always looked forward to the Global Village Festival!

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6. Your life changed when Diamond Jamboree opened.

Sticki Picki and Lollicup for life!

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7. You became accustomed to living in America’s Safest City.

Walking late at night? No problem, you’re in Irvine.

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8. You remember the Heritage Park slide.

The most epic slide in Irvine. Sadly, they took it down a few years ago. Tears were shed.

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9. You were well aware that Irvine Police had nothing to do.

Going 26 in a 25MPH zone? Slow down buddy, Irvine cops are no joke. Even Irvine native Will Ferrell received a bike ticket from Irvine PD growing up.

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10. All the houses in your neighborhood looked exactly the same.

Whether you lived in Woodbridge, Northwood or Westpark, your house was painted a lovely beige with brown.

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11. Palace Park (Now known as Boomers!) was your go-to hang out spot.

Batting cages, arcade games, mini golf, bumper boats and go-karts. What more do you need in life?

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12. You remember the “old” Irvine Spectrum.

Remember when there was nothing at the Spectrum, except for the movie theater and GameWorks? So do we, so do we.

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13. You remember Lion Country Safari.

This one’s for the older Irvine natives. In case you didn’t know, Irvine used to have a drive-thru wild animal park. In fact, a 2-ton hippo achieved a measure of fame in 1978 when she managed three escapes from Lion Country Safari. Not America’s safest city after all, huh?

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14. Wild Rivers was your childhood

Your fondest memory as a child was hanging out at Wild Rivers all summer. Who could forget The Patriot, Bombay Blasters or The Liquidator?

But if you’re a true Irvine native, your first job as a teenager was at the water park. The best first job EVER.

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15. You loved growing up in Irvine

Sure, to many, Irvine is a boring suburban town. But to you, it’ll always hold fond memories of growing up.

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Originally posted 2016-04-12 21:55:56.

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